Parish Magazine for January 2009

Pencil sketch by W A Green



Around 30 people had a highly enjoyable evening at the Village Hall on Friday 21 November when they racked their brains over Mac?s devious and mind bending questions. The final round floored everyone as after the answers were collected Mac informed us that it was a ?Q I? round. In other words, what everyone thought was the correct answer was in fact wrong and that wrong answer attracted a score of minus two (e.g. What were Nelson?s last words? Not ?Kiss me Hardy? but in fact ?Drink drink, fan, fan, rub, rub?). This caused a severe reduction in all teams? scores. Some of us suffered more severely than others and my team consequently finished last!

The winners were Snitwhits (Topsy and Tony Easteal and Pauline and John Atkinson) followed closely by the rest except for my team who did a sterling job of holding the rest of the league table up. During the interval we all enjoyed a Ploughman?s buffet supper and our usual raffle took place. The net profit for the evening after all expenses totalled £138.35.

Thanks to Stewart McGuinness for the questions, Jim and Christine Lowe and Richard Tompkins for keeping the scores. We were confident that the numbers would be accurate as Jim is a certified accountant, the other two are just certified. Thanks also to Pauline Atkinson, Topsy Easteal and Anne Jenkins for their help with the food and to everyone who donated raffle prizes.

Plans are already afoot for another quiz evening in the New Year so start swatting up now and see if we can avoid Mac?s evil traps next time.

Christmas Concert

After nine annual Christmas Concerts at Whitton the Bell Inn Band still manages to fill the church to capacity with their programme of seasonal music, some new, some interesting arrangements of more familiar songs and the traditional repertoire of carols. This year there was even more audience participation than usual as many people were given instruments to play, many of these were unusual and alternative instruments. All of this made for an excellent atmosphere helped in no small part by the wonderful enthusiasm of Penny Jaeger the band?s musical director. Maybe it is a sign of my advancing years but many of the band members seemed younger than ever before, how lovely to see how accomplished they are. Once again the readers excelled with examples drawn from traditional poetry with a Christmas theme, sober and thought provoking tales, to some packing a humorous punch.

Hot punch, with warm mince pies and sausage rolls were in plentiful supply during the interval. This worked really well on such a cold evening. Ten lucky people won prizes with their ticket numbers, our thanks to those who donated the lovely prizes. The church looked quite beautiful with a fully decorated tree and candles glowing. The whole evening was a fabulous beginning to our Christmas Season with the lighting of the Advent candle and a lovely opportunity for our community to join together in celebration. Many thanks to all who helped in decorating the church, preparing food and punch, and taking home the mountain of washing up. Our biggest thank-you to the Bell Inn Band. The evening was a success on many levels and made a profit of £470 for the churchyard funds.

Church Electoral Roll

The Church Electoral Roll is open to those who are baptized and aged 16 or over and resident in the parish or, not being resident in the parish, have attended worship during the past six months.

Forms are available from the Electoral Roll Officer, Mrs Clare Cavenagh (891679) or a supply of forms is available in the church. Completed forms MUST be returned between 9th and 23rd February 2009 to Mrs Cavenagh.

Services and Events Reminders

  1. Christmas Communion with Carols ? Wednesday 24th December at 9.00 p.m.
  2. Evensong ? 11th January 2009 at 6.30 p.m.
  3. Please note no Communion Service on 4th Sunday (Rev. Claire Lording?s Licensing as Priest-in-Charge of Clee Hill)
  4. Valentine Supper Dance ? Saturday 14th February 2009 ? at Hope Bagot Village Hall. 7.30 p.m. Tickets £10.00 to include hot supper, please bring your own drinks, glasses will be provided. Tickets available from Michael (890332) or Ysy (890234).

Church Lunch

Sunday 22nd February 2009 at The Granary, Collington. The menu and booking form will be available shortly. Please obtain your form from Michael and return with your payment as soon as possible. We thank Aileen for co-ordinating this event.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. November 15th Pauline Wedell (Bennett?s End)
  2. November 22nd Edie Rhoden
  3. November 29th Christine and Jim Lowe
  4. December 6th Andrew and Jante Baird.

Magazine Money

Another reminder for those who pay by calendar year, the magazine subscription is now due. If you pay by 31st January 2009 the cost will be £6.50 otherwise it will be £7.80. Please pay Michael.


Frances Harriet Hoskins died peacefully at the age of 75 in Hereford Hospital on Saturday 15th November after a long illness borne with great courage and dignity. Frances with her late husband Ernie (who died in 2001) lived in Whitton for over 40 years. Although not a churchgoer, she was a willing participant in the church cleaning rota in her younger years. We offer our sincere condolences to her children John and Lesley and to the grandchildren. Our thoughts are very much with you at this difficult time.

Prayer for the month

God our Father, you made your Word flesh in Jesus Christ. Help us to be trustworthy witnesses to your Son not so much by claiming to speak the truth, but by acting in such a way that people meet and know Christ in our words and deeds. — Amen

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